Get to know Shiloh Nelson!
In case you missed it, the 11-year-old actress stars in Netflix’s “Feel The Beat” alongside Sofia Carson! The movie follows April (played by Sofia), a self-centered dancer with dreams of becoming a Broadway star whose dreams are crushed and destroyed after an unfortunate misstep during her big NYC audition. The down-on-her-luck dancer moves back to her childhood hometown in Wisconsin and is recruited by her old ballet studio to train a group of nine adorable little dancers for one huge dance competition. Thinking she discovered a path to her Broadway dream, she ends up finding so much more.
To celebrate, we caught up with Shiloh, who plays Ruby, a shy, yet hardworking girl who becomes the stage manager, to give you the inside scoop on everything from the filming process and preparation, to some LOL moments that happened on set, and more!
“The best piece of advice Sofia gave me was to always bring my mom to set with me, even when I don’t have to. You always need your mom, even when you’re older!”
You have quite the impressive resume at such a young age: from acting in movies, TV shows, and even voicing a character on Disney Channel! Having had so many acting experiences already under your belt, how has the role of “Ruby” differed from the roles you have played in the past?
Shiloh: This was the first time I’ve gotten to work with a group of girls my age! We instantly became the girl squad, plus Wolfgang. This was also the first time I’ve ever had to physically do something like that for a role! Netflix had us do a whole month of dance training before filming.
What was the preparation process for the film like? Was there anything that surprised you?
Shiloh: Netflix brought in some amazing teachers to train us to be ready for the movie. I was the only girl without prior dance experience going into it, which was a little intimidating. The first ASL that my co-star Shaylee taught me was the signs for ‘hot’ and ‘tired.’ But by the end, I was too good at dancing for my character, so Mia Michaels choreographed moves to make me look worse which made me so happy! It really surprised me how much I was able to learn.
What was the best piece of advice co-star Sofia Carson gave you on set? Was there anything else that you learned from her?
Shiloh: [Sofia] taught me to salsa on set! In between takes, we’d salsa and goof around. Then one time, Sofia and I were doing lines off-camera for one of the other girls and the camera was separating us. So we started singing and acting out Sofia’s song “Space Between” from her “Descendants” movie! It was so much fun.
Were there any other funny moments that happened behind the scenes?
Shiloh: During one of the main dances, Sofia and Wolfgang pranked everyone by running in and doing the dance with them! Luckily, I wasn’t in that dance so I could laugh! We try so hard to not laugh and break during takes.
In addition to acting, you’re also super active on TikTok. Was there any TikToking that took place on set with your fellow castmates?
Shiloh: Yes! I made a TikTok with the girls and it got millions of views. I even convinced my co-star Lidya Jewett [to make an account] so now she’s on the app as well!
Finally, since the film centers around a young girl trying to “make it” and become a star, what advice would you give to young girls like yourself who have a goal in mind and are determined to pursue their dreams?
Shiloh: One of my favorite quotes is “If you’re tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” Staying focused on your goals is super important. But then you’re going to have setbacks and it’s going to be exhausting. Resting and taking days off has been very crucial for me!
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